Welcome to the “Pathophysiology of the Placenta” Group, headed by Isabella Ellinger. This group is part of the Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research at the Center of  Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology of the Medical University of Vienna in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
The primary aim of my research group is to study uptake/traffic/effects of maternal macromolecules at the materno-fetal interface under physiologic and pathophysiologic conditions.
The second important mission is science education and scientific communication /knowledge dissemination. 
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Here, you can see me with the mascot ”Zotti”, the magical placental creature that once was detected by microscopy, but never showed up again...
NEWS  Recent activities


Research topics

Transplacental IgG-Transport:

In situ and in vitro expression of FcRn in placental endothelial cells

(Collaboration with C. Wadsack, MedUniGraz)

Transplacental MeHg – Transfer:

Transport processes across the placenta and metabolism in the placenta determine the fetal exposure to xenobiotics. We try to predict fetal exposure

(Collaboration with H. Salzer (LKH Tulln), C. Gundacker, H. Zeisler (MedUniWien))

Automated Tissue Cytometry:

Validation of segmentaion in automated quantitative immunohistochemistry: Influence of inter-rater variability on in situ quantification of proteins in placental syncytiotrophoblast and fetal endothelial cells

(Collaboration with TissueGnostics GmbH (Vienna), G. Dorffner (MedUniWien)

Blood Pressure:

Melatonin and blood pressure control: Identification and characterization of melatonin receptors in vessels of rats (Collaboration with M.Zeman, Comenius Univ. Bratislava, Slovakia)

PhD Seminars SS 2015

Critical and Creative Journal Club - CCJC:

Thursday at 4.00 p.m., library IPA (4Q)

Stimulating Friday Seminars -SFS:

Friday at 10.15 a.m., library IPA (4Q)

News from the students

December 2014 Andreas Maier (Diploma student, UniWien) finished diploma thesis


Andreas Maier

Von der experimentellen Leberpathologie zur zellulären Pathophysiologie und Pharmakodynamik:

Symposion for Prof. Theresia Thalhammer on the occasion of her retirement (org. P. Pietschmann & I. Ellinger)

21-01-2015, Billrothhaus, Frankgasse 8, 1090 Vienna

Wien Med Wochenschr. 2014 Nov;164(21-22):447-9.

Toward new targets for the diagnosis and treatment of malignant diseases : Thematic issue dedicated to Theresia Thalhammer.

Ellinger I, Pietschmann P (Editors)